Know a few little delinquents? Remember the famous story about a young George Washington who could not tell a lie? What a whopper. The more realistic tale is the one about Pinocchio—the would-be boy who lied until the web of deception was as plain as the ginormous nose on his wooden face. They might also cheat and steal. To learn the boundaries of acceptable behavior, a child occasionally has to steamroll through them; doing wrong is an essential part of how a kid learns—with parental guidance—to do right.
All over Buddy. One of the most obvious reasons for lying is to avoid punishment or an unpleasant outcome. And can you blame her? Even as an adult, you may do the same when faced with an angry boss or nagging neighbor.
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How we change what others think, feel, believe and do. Helping ourselves Helping others Learning to lie So what. As humans, it seems we are natural and compulsive liars. Most people tell some kind of lies every day.